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Old October 22 2012, 07:05 PM   #931
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I don't consider it an important question. It's either something that works well for the style of a movie or it doesn't.
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Old October 23 2012, 07:06 AM   #932
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Polaris is basically done. I'm really just going through and cleaning up the "trash" within the file, duplicate objects, leftover splines, etc, and reorganizing and renaming the hundreds of objects into something that makes a modicum of logical sense.

In the mean time, I'm going to post a few last WIP images from the past several days of finishing work. Just one for tonight, more tomorrow.



And here's a little extra treat, a concept sketch for the interior of the EVA Control Room. This is a WIP image and has a ways to go yet.

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Old October 23 2012, 01:26 PM   #933
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Glad to hear the health is better.

As for Polaris, stunning, simply stunning! Perhaps the best Sci-Fi ship to be designed since the refit E. IOW, a terrific balance between grace and function.



(I know it is a WIP, but are those big cylinders out on the sails supposed to be visible? they look unfinished. more work to come? or control nodes for the animation maybe?)
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Old October 23 2012, 04:17 PM   #934
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I love that EVA room. I wish there were three of you.
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Old October 24 2012, 06:10 PM   #935
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Old October 24 2012, 11:19 PM   #936
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Old October 24 2012, 11:57 PM   #937
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What donation level do I need to make to get my own personal Vektor to take care of all my cgi needs?
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Old October 25 2012, 01:01 AM   #938
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What donation level do I need to make to get my own personal Vektor to take care of all my cgi needs?
Nah ... that's too much like slavery. I'd rather use one for brain grafts and do all the work myself.
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Old October 25 2012, 03:41 AM   #939
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Okay, now you guys are beginning to creep me out. Flattering, but creepy.

As for the cylinders sticking out of the sails, they have been updated so they are no longer visible on the outside. I'll try to get some updated renders posted soon but I have a bigger problem to deal with at the moment. The inner surfaces of the sails got corrupted somehow and are a total loss. 3ds Max is somewhat notorious for doing that if you don't collapse the boolean modifier before saving the file and I should have known better. Fortunately, I was able to recover the component objects from a previous file iteration, but I have to redo the boolean operations and then clean them up with a pretty significant amount of poly editing.

On a related note, Dennis, this may account for the OBJ export problems. I'll let you know.
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Old October 25 2012, 01:34 PM   #940
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Beautiful Vektor, just beautiful.

Very glad to hear things are better healthwise too. Good news indeed.
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Old October 28 2012, 08:19 AM   #941
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Okay, I rebuilt the fubar'd interior surface of the sails, only this time I managed to do it with about 15,000 fewer polygons! Current total poly count for the entire model stands at 479,200, so it looks like I'm coming in under the half-million mark after all.

I also finished off the slots and panel lines in the trailing edges of the aft ring fins, added back the hinged panels over the forward Nielsen generators, and cleaned up and renamed about 300 objects. Tomorrow I'm going to finish off a few remaining details and see if I can't get the rest of the objects properly organized.

Without further ado, here's another batch of near-complete WIP images:








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Old October 28 2012, 10:17 AM   #942
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I wish I had your skills. This is just wonderful.
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Old October 28 2012, 04:51 PM   #943
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Definitely better than any other fictional spaceship design I've seen outside of Hollywood. Period.
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Old October 28 2012, 05:04 PM   #944
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I'm betting this is the most detailed model created for a fan film (can this still be called a fan film?).
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Old October 28 2012, 05:11 PM   #945
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Well, it's a very low budget independent film. Depends on how you define "fan film," but labeling isn't something I worry about too much.
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